2011-12Last 16Round 6
February 28, 2012 CET: 19:30
Local time: 19:30 ASTROBALLE
Thomas Kelati - BC Khimki (photo bckhimki.ru)_36911Khimki Moscow Region finished second in Group J of the Eurocup Last 16 despite closing the round by beating Asvel Basket 79-83 on the road in France. Khimki finished with a 5-1 record, tied for first place with BC Donetsk of Ukraine, but lost the tie-breaker between them due to a lower winning margin in the two victories they split. As such, Khimki will need to win its two-game Quarterfinals against fellow Russian team Lokomotiv Kuban playing the second game on the road if it plans to fulfill its dream of hosting the Eurocup Finals in April as one of the four participants. Khimki, already qualified before the game, played with fire a bit by watching its 25-point lead midway through the third quarter dwindle to 79-82 with seconds to play before Kresimir Loncar ended the suspense at the foul line. Thomas Kelati led the winners with 17 points while hitting 3 of 7 three-point tries. Loncar added 14 points and 5 rebounds in 17 minutes for Khimki, which dominated in every statistical category except free throws and steals. Asvel, which was eliminated from the Quarterfinals before this game, got 22 points each from Kim Tillie, who made 11 of 13 two-point shots, and Dijon Thompson, who shot 9 for 9 at the free throw line.

Loncar had 4 points as Khimki jumped to an early 2-7 advantage. Thompson's free throws kept Asvel as close as 10-14 before Khimki put together another run of 6 unanswered points including a dunk by Sergey Monya to go up double, 10-20, on the scoreboard. After Phil Goss and Kelati hit dueling triples, the first quarter ended with the visitors in charge, 14-23. Kelati stayed hot with twin baskets to open the second quarter as Khimki's advantage shot up to 14-29. Asvel needed more than 4 minutes before Kim Tillie scored its first field goal, then added a dunk at 19-29. Three-pointers by Kelati and Egor Vyaltsev eventually led to a new high lead of 26-44 for Khimki, which Asvel managed to cut by just a free throw before halftime.

Khimki kept up the scoring charge after halftime until reaching a new high lead of the game, 32-56, with a couple shots downed by its own Frenchman, forward Mickael Gelabale. Tillie's next inside baskets woke up Asvel, but not enough to prevent Khimki from staking its true high lead of the whole game, 42-67, on a 5 points shared by Alexey Zhukanenko and Vyaltsev. Thomspon and Paul Lacombe scored the last 6 points of the third quarter, however, as Asvel lowered the difference to 19 points, 48-67. Asvel enjoyed that feeling and immediately picked up its scoring pace. Within 3 minutes at the start of the final quarter, the difference had fallen to 57-71 on 7 more points from Thompson, including his first three-pointer. Khimki brought back Loncar to help stem the tide, but suddenly in the final 3 minutes, Tillie, Edwin Jackson, Goss and Leo Westermann strung together 11 unanswered points in a row to suddenly make it 77-81. When Dmitriy Khvostov made just 1 of 2 free throws for Khimki and Tillie dunked with 8 seconds left, Asvel was a three-pointer from tying, at 79-82. But when Loncar went to the line with 9 seconds left, he hit the second of his free throws to put the game out of reach at 79-83.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
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Referees: GARCIA GONZALEZ, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), REITER, MORITZ (GER), SILVA, SERGIO (POR)
Attendance: 3500 (Tentative)
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Asvel Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 LACOMBE, PAUL 19:42 5 1/2 1/2     2 2 3   3 2       7
7 WESTERMANN, LEO 20:20 5 1/4 1/3     3 3 5   2     3 3 6
8 JEAN-CHARLES, LIVIO 16:30 1 0/1 0/1 1/2   2 2     1 1   1 1  
10 FOFANA, BANGALY 4:52 1     1/2           1     1 1 -1
11 JACKSON, EDWIN 27:49 9 2/4 0/2 5/6   2 2 1 1 2   1 3 7 9
12 THOMPSON, DIJON 33:27 22 5/7 1/5 9/9 1 3 4 3 3 3   1 3 6 25
14 TILLIE, KIM 26:52 22 11/13     1   1   3 1     2 2 23
15 GOSS, PHILLIP 26:13 12 2/7 2/4 2/2 1 3 4 2 1   1 2 2 2 11
18 HARITOPOULOS, DIMITRIOS 24:15 2 1/5     3 2 5 2         1   4
19 LEON, THEO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 DIACONO, LAMBERT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 DEAL, RUDY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 79 23/43 5/17 18/21 8 18 26 16 8 14 4 4 16 22 86
        53.5% 29.4% 85.7%
Head coach: VINCENT, PIERRE
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
BC Khimki
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
7 FRIDZON, VITALY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR 12:43 9 3/4 1/2     2 2 1   3   1   1 7
10 LONCAR, KRESIMIR 16:52 14 4/5   6/8 1 4 5 1   3     2 4 16
11 QUINN, CHRIS 15:54 7 2/2 1/4     3 3 3 2       2 1 11
12 MONIA, SERGEY 19:53 8 2/2 1/2 1/2 3 3 6 3 3 2     1 1 16
13 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY 23:57 1   0/2 1/2   1 1 4 1 2     2 4 4
14 PUSHKOV, ANTON 9:06 2 1/1                 1   2 1 2
20 GELABALE, MICKAEL 35:26 8 4/9 0/2   2 3 5 4   2     3   5
21 ZHUKANENKO, ALEXEY 13:53 11 5/10   1/1 3 4 7     3   1 3 1 7
22 KELATI, THOMAS 32:00 17 4/5 3/8     2 2 3 1 2 1 2 4 1 11
34 PLANINIC, ZORAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 NIELSEN, MATT 20:16 6 2/3   2/2 1 3 4 3     2   3 2 13
Team           1   1     1          
Totals 200:00 83 27/41 6/20 11/15 11 25 36 22 7 18 4 4 22 16 92
        65.9% 30% 73.3%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS

Head Coaches

VINCENT, PIERRE
Asvel Basket
"We were in trouble early in the game and lacked a collective cohesion. We had the chance to play a big team. In their defense, I did not always play our players at their true positions. So I'm happy about their reaction in the final minutes."
KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
BC Khimki
"The game was not important because we were already qualified. But we still wanted to win and play a good game; we did that during 38 minutes. We lost our concentration late in the game, and Asvel was very aggressive. We almost lost but I did not want to put the leaders on the court."

Players

GOSS, PHILLIP
Asvel Basket
"Khimki is a good team, they deserve their place. We tried to give everything for our last game in the Eurocup. They are much more disciplined than us. They always look for the player in the best position to shoot. For the rest of the French League, we do not want to lose any more games at home."
GELABALE, MICKAEL
BC Khimki
"Asvel played the last quarter with a lot of energy. They were aggressive and missed almost nothing. They are young and very talented. They did not give up and played until the end. As for me, I'm not in very good shape right now. I hope it will come, but this is the first time I play so much in four months. But I'm progressing well."
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